The Health and Safety Executive brought the prosecution, arguing the firm failed to ensure safety systems were in good working order and that radioactive material
was effectively contained.
The uniform implementation in the European Union of the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) and associated guidelines will ensure a common system used for the notification of incidents/accidents during the transport of radioactive material
. Finally, there is a need to assess and enhance security measures for the transport ofaradioactive materials in the EU.
AEA Technology has admitted a series of breaches of Health and Safety regulations, the Ionising Radiations Regulations and the Radioactive Material
(Road Transport) Regulations.
"Any exposure to radioactive material
carries with it a risk of developing cancer and that is why the regulations try and keep the levels of exposure as low as possible.
Mr Boardman said: ``After the break-up of the Soviet Union there is a surplus of radioactive materials
and the great fear in the west is that they are being sold to terrorist groups.
The protection against smuggling of radioactive material
at the Swedish borders is poor, according to a report from FOI, the Swedish defence research agency.
government has responded effectively and in a coordinated manner to address the potential for radioactive material
to be used in a radiological dispersal device (RDD).
These sites are contaminated with radioactive materials
, unexploded ordnance, heavy metals, jet fuels, solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and chemical weapons waste that are known to cause cancer, autoimmune diseases, respiratory problems and reproductive dysfunction.
The package, which contained radioactive material
generally used by doctors to treat thyroid cancer, is believed to have been crushed by a passing vehicle after falling off a luggage trolley.
Experts on this subject contend that even if a significant amount of a highly radioactive material
could be acquired, the handling becomes very difficult--due in part to the extreme exposure hazard from the intensity of the radiation.
The devices, which should be destroyed by a licensed nuclear waste handler, contained radioactive material
and health chiefs said there was a potential contamination risk for anyone who had come into contact with them.
The company says the radioactive material
tritium, which it uses, has a low impact on human health and there is absolutely no proof of a link between ill-health and the plant.